Makers of the future.

We teach design, motivate creative problem solving, encourage individual expression and uphold the object as both useful and conceptually relevant within contemporary society: art that enriches daily life.

Drawing from CCS’s rich craft history, as well as Detroit’s industrial heritage, the Crafts Department mentors creative professionals and prepares its graduates to meet and exceed the demands facing today’s craftsmen and women across diverse careers and industries. We advocate for experimental and interdisciplinary approaches to tools and methods, while embracing digital technologies that advance personal growth toward an individualized language, creative vision, innovation, material proficiency and successful professional practice. Crafts is a unique program for students who love working with their hands, solving problems and developing a vocabulary with tools and materials.

Five Specialties

Students choose from five specialties — Ceramics, Glass, Fiber and Textiles, Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design, and Art Furniture — and are strongly encouraged to explore cross-disciplinary work.

What Sets Us Apart?

Stand-Alone Crafts Department

We are one of the few colleges in the country to maintain a thriving stand-alone Crafts department.

Vast Array of Industries and Opportunities

Crafts graduates can expect to work in a vast array of industries from a studio practice/small business entrepreneurship, freelance artist/designer for manufacturing and architecture to clay modeling and color and trim for the auto industry.


Career Choices

Art Educator
Ceramic Artist
Clay Modeler
Color and Trim Designer
Costume Designer
Fashion Accessories Designer
Furniture Designer

Gallery Owner
Glass Artist
Independent Artist
Jewelry Designer
Mold Maker
Museum Textile Restoration
Ornamental Architecture Fabricator

Prop Designer
Set Designer
Surface Designer
Textile Designer
Tile Designer
Visual Merchandiser
Weaving Artist

Previous Internships

AK Services
Anderson Ranch Arts Center
Arden Companies
Art Farm
Baron Glassworks
City Bird
Collins and Aikman
Context Furniture
Crypton Fabrics
DVF (Diane von Furstenberg)
Edsel and Eleanor Ford House

Furnace Hot Glass
General Motors
Greenfield Village
Hayashi of America
Italmoda Furniture
Jean Bartlett
Lankton Metal Design
Mark A Young Jewelers
Marlaina Stone
Miriam Haskell

Mount Clemens Blown Glass
Pilchuck Glass School
Pittsburgh Glass Center
Proenza Schouler
Queso Cabeza Farm
Revolution Gallery
Stefani & Co
Walt Disney World
Wet Dog Glass

Contact Us

Crafts Department
T. 313.664.7446
F. 313.664.7688

Department Chair
Thomas Madden